Robert Eggers delivers a masterpiece with ‘The Lighthouse’

'The Lighthouse' is rated R, to see 'The Lighthouse' you must be 17 years old or older to see without an adult.


Jacob Rengstorf

One of my most anticipated films of the year was The Lighthouse. I really enjoyed the director’s previous film The Witch. Robert Eggers is one of those directors I’ve kept my eye on and I’m very happy I did. The Lighthouse is not only a great movie but one of the best films of the past decade. This film left me completely floored. The Lighthouse follows two men as they slowly lose their minds. The Lighthouse is directed by Robert Eggers and stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

The technical aspects of The Lighthouse are phenomenal. The cinematography and shot composition is downright beautiful. The film has a very unique and interesting style. The film was entirely shot on black and white 35mm film. The film has a 1.19:1 aspect ratio, normally strange aspect ratios annoy and distract me but in this film the aspect ratio contributes so much to the style. The score is absolutely fantastic and adds so much to the tension and atmosphere of the film. The production design was spectacular and definitely some of the best production design of the year. I never once thought that the film’s location was fake. The production design made scenes feel claustrophobic and creepy. All of these factors contributed to making the film’s style unique and interesting.

The film has a very small cast and mostly just follows Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are two of my favorite actors and they do not disappoint here. Robert Pattinson gives a great performance. He’s quiet and reserved in the beginning and as the film goes on his performance slowly changes. Wilem Dafoe gives the best performance of his career in my opinion. Dafoe uses an accent that feels very natural, I never once thought it was fake. Dafoe brings so much energy and charisma to each scene he’s in. Pattinson and Dafoe have so much chemistry and their relationship feels natural and very believable. They are just so enjoyable to watch together.

The setting of the film is incredibly realistic and believable. They filmed the movie in Nova Scotia, Canada. The weather in the film was real! Nothing in the film felt fake. The film takes place in the early 1900s and to get the dialogue right they actually researched old journals from real lighthouse keepers. The movie is a psychological horror but the movie is also very funny. I found myself laughing a lot. Now I wouldn’t say the movie is scary but is instead filled to the brim with tension. The tension slowly builds throughout the film and I was never bored. The dialogue is very enjoyable. The way these two characters talk and interact is very interesting and unique. There is only one flaw I have with this film. In some scenes the audio is a bit strange and I couldn’t understand everything the characters said but obviously this did not ruin the film for me.

The Lighthouse is a masterpiece. Both Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe give amazing performances. Especially Wilem Dafoe who gives a career best performance. The cinematography and shot composition is fantastic. The score is phenomenal and adds so much to the film. The production design transported me into the film. The dialogue is some of the most interesting I’ve ever heard. The style of the film is unique and very interesting. The audio can make some of the dialogue hard to understand but this is a very small complaint. The Lighthouse is the best film I’ve seen this year and one of the best films of the past decade. The Lighthouse is an absolute masterpiece.